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Carlow Institute of Further Education and Training

Carlow Institute of Further Education and Training
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Course overview

Course Code 5M5163
QQI Award Code 5M5163 Theatre Performance
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

If you aspire to a career in acting, dance or musical theatre, this course will help you realise your talent and ambitions. We will help you develop a real technical and artistic grounding through expert practical tuition.

You will develop performance skills including acting, movement, dance, voice and musical theatre, and will have opportunities to perform in productions.

The course explores the Performing Arts Business and career preparation. You will be supported to progress to Performing Arts and Drama college through focused audition preparation.


What will you Study?

Theatre Studies (5N4571)
Acting Skills & Techniques (5N5055)














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EPATP 5M5163

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